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RB Tarik Cohen - Chicago Bears

5-6, 179Born: 7-26-1995College: North Carolina A&TDrafted: Round 4

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2017 Week 17 vs MIN (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 14 / 0 rec)

Cohen had two touches on the first drive, but then only touched the ball once more in the first half. He was used more in the second half, with a combination of runs for losses and substantial gains (for the Bears running game on this afternoon at least), and Cohen also had the last two targets on the after for this futile offense at the Minnesota two-yard line for an incompletion and a one-yard gain.

2017 Week 16 vs CLE (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Not much to see here. Week 16 must have been Tarik Cohen's week to be a decoy, as he only ran the ball two times for nine yards and caught two passes on two targets for 12 yards. The game play, for the most part, was stale and ugly. Twenty-two Jordan Howard runs, most of which he was stuffed up the middle for little-to-no gain, muddied up the game script, leaving the Bears with quite a few third-and-long situations. Instead of Cohen's name being called in those spots, it was Bennie Cunningham who received the critical targets. Until the Bears hire a new coaching staff, preferably one that can conjure up some creative ways to infuse Cohen into an offense, it'll be touch to trust him for production on a weekly basis.

2017 Week 15 vs DET (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 16 / 0 rec)

Cohen wasn't as involved early as he was in the first matchup and ended up being a non-factor in this game. He collected a few short receptions, had a long kick return called back by penalty and got a wildcat snap on an uneventful afternoon.

2017 Week 14 vs CIN (12 / 80 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

We all know what Tarik Cohen is capable of when on the field. Cohen provided the "lightning" to Jordan Howard's "thunder" in Sunday's 33-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Cohen actually made the most impact in the run game this week, gaining 80 yards on 12 carries. The usually catch-first running back only was targeted twice and finished with two receptions for five yards. Mitchell Trubisky played a more confident style of football Sunday and looked to the second-and-third levels much more frequently than usual, mostly because the Bengals were without a handful of defensive starters in the secondary. OC Dowell Loggains drew up a great game plan for Howard and Cohen, running inside and outside, respectively. Four of Cohen's 12 carries went 9-plus yards (19, 9, 29, 11). Gauging by past performances, Cohen is best when he's touching the ball between 12-15 times a game, but the coaching staff hasn't been consistent when it comes to how and when Cohen has been used. Loggains showed us something Sunday, let's see if he can continue to put Cohen in positions to succeed before we get too excited.

2017 Week 13 vs SF (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)

Tarik Cohen is one more mediocre performance away from being fantasy irrelevant. Sure, he's dynamic. Sure, he ran back a punt for a touchdown in one of the most incredible displays of athleticism you'll see. He's merely not consistent enough at this stage of his career; and the Chicago Bears coaching staff certainly does him no favors with trying to put him in the best possible positions for success. Cohen ran the ball two times for five yards and caught a team-high four passes for 39 yards. Six touches a game for someone on a fantasy roster simply is not enough to warrant ownership -- even with a punt return for a TD on his mantle. Aside from that punt return, Cohen might as well not even been on the field in Sunday's 15-14 loss to the 49ers. His impact is significantly lessened each time he takes the field alongside the miserable group of wide receivers the Bears trot out there each and every week. Avoid Cohen in all formats until the Bears are able to put out a respectable stable of receivers who can distract some attention away from the little guy that is Tarik Cohen.

2017 Week 12 vs PHI (2 / -11 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Cohen had a grand total of four touches on the day, and one was a lateral from Jordan Howard on a play that was doomed from the get-go. After having and executing a coherent plan to get Cohen involved early and often last week, he wasn't a focus of the offense at any time in this debacle.

2017 Week 11 vs DET (9 / 44 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 15 / 0 rec)

Cohen got the first target of the game and also got first down carries throughout the game. He even got a first and goal carry. He was making tacklers miss on multiple touches and his speed allowed him to get outside and soar over the pylon for the game-tying score in the fourth. One would expect him to remain this involved and carry at least flex value going forward.

2017 Week 10 vs GB (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

This one is a puzzler. Tarik Cohen only played 13 snaps in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Cohen rushed the ball one time for one yard and caught one pass on two targets for 10 yards. For reasons unknown to most, John Fox and Dowell Loggains elected to give Benny Cunningham 28 snaps in a game where the Bears were trailing the majority of the game. It's probably best to stay away from Cohen until the rest of the Bears' offense goes through more growing pains. Cohen won't be able to his max potential until there are receivers on the field who can help spread out the defense.

2017 Week 8 vs NO (4 / 2 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

We are getting to the point where Tarik Cohen might not be a useful fantasy asset to have on your roster. The Bears rookie running back and pass catcher continued his struggles in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Now, before you stand up and emphatically say something like "But Cohen scored the Bears only touchdown!" Yes, that is true; he did score the only touchdown for the Bears. However, the touchdown came on a one-yard rush. Aside from the touchdown, Cohen rushed the ball three times for one total yard. In the passing game, where Cohen sometimes excels, he only caught one pass for six yards on three targets. Cohen's total usage has gone down since Mitchell Trubisky took over at quarterback. Not only are the Bears trying to play a more conservative style of offense, the team also appears to be in search for a more conventional offense. Trubisky throws to his receivers more than Mike Glennon did in the few starts he was benched. Cohen and Jordan Howard are hands down the most skilled players the Bears have on offense. It's a shame, too, because Trubisky seems willing to take more risks throwing downfield when the play calls for it.

2017 Week 7 vs CAR (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 70 / 0 rec)

This section should be about as short as Cohen's height. The rookie running back didn't run the ball a single time in the Bears' 17-3 win over the Panthers. Cohen caught one pass on the day for 70 yards. If only even one of his catches went for 70 yards. The play was beautiful, though, as Cohen lined up out wide and beat his coverage over the top where Trubisky found him (mostly) in stride. Two early defensive touchdowns put the offense into run-only mode. Jordan Howard carried the ball 21 times in the win. Cohen's lack of success on the ground of late, due to his east to west running style, clearly has made an impact on his usage rate.

2017 Week 6 vs BAL (14 / 32 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Tarik Cohen played himself an interesting football game in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens. The rookie running back once again played a different role for the Bears as he ended up not being much of a factor in the passing game. Cohen only saw three targets for one catch 14 yards, whereas he carried the ball a season-high 14 times for 32 yards. It was the actual passing game where Cohen made the biggest impact. In the second quarter, Cohen took a pitch right from Mitchell Trubisky and tossed it 21 yards to Zach Miller in the end zone. Trick plays are starting to become Cohen's thing. We've seen Cohen's impact be limited since he broke out in Weeks 1 and 2; and we've also seen opposing defenses specifically game plan to stop Cohen. When that started happening, running back counterpart Jordan Howard started to find more success. The two backs are on the field together more than most RB tandems, mostly due to the frequency of which Cohen lines up in the snap. The beauty of having a quarterback like Trubisky under center (or in shotgun) is his experience in running a more spread offense, which the Bears can do with both Howard and Cohen on the field. As the season progresses and an offensive balance presents itself, meaning the passing game gets its act together, Cohen will become so much more dangerous.

2017 Week 5 vs MIN (6 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)

The start to Tarik Cohen's NFL career has been up and down, to say the least. Cohen was the talk of the league following the Bears' Week 1 loss to Atlanta. In only a few weeks, Cohen's role in this offense has been toned down quite a bit, to the tune of only seven touches in Monday night's 20-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Cohen saw the bulk of his snaps Monday night lined up as a receiver, most often in the slot. Cohen, however, only saw on target from first-time starter Mitchell Trubisky. The rookie quarterback clearly was looking downfield more than Mike Glennon had in past weeks, which could explain why Cohen only saw one target this week. There was such an overcompensation to go downfield that the short passing game was nowhere near our frames of reference. While it makes perfect sense that Cohen, all 5-foot-nothing of him, would slow down once NFL defense started to see actual NFL game tape, the Bears coaching staff needs to figure out how Cohen can be the lynchpin Trubisky's success in the NFL. How do you move Trubisky around in the pocket while Cohen basically yo-yo's with him. Cohen is the shiftiest pass catcher on the roster. He needs to be put in positions to be shifty.

2017 Week 4 vs GB (6 / 24 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)

Tarik Cohen was stifled by the Green Bay Packers in Thursday's 35-14 loss. Green Bay defenders regularly beat Cohen to the edges and contained him to the inside where he is much less dangerous. Cohen is at his best when he busts the edge with running room ahead, but the Packers clearly watched enough tape on Cohen to know how to stop it. The lack of a downfield passing game doesn't help Cohen much in either the run or the pass game. No team throws downfield less than the Bears, so that removes many of the passing options for the opposing defense to worry about on a given play. That is why we've seen a lot of up-and-down performances from Cohen and Jordan Howard. Until the Bears passing game finds some success -- which likely won't happen until Mitchell Trubisky is given a shot -- opposing teams will continue to make Cohen and Howard work extra hard to put up numbers.

2017 Week 3 vs PIT (12 / 78 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)

Tarik Cohen still is really good at football. Cohen has established himself as the most exciting player in the Bears' offense, an offense that has shown to be very boring to watch, for the most part. Cohen, combined with Jordan Howard, dominated the Steelers' defense in Sunday's 23-17 win. Cohen gained 78 yards on only 12 carries and caught for passes for 24 yards. Cohen nearly won the game in overtime for the Bears after taking a handoff for 36 yards but ended up in the end zone. Cohen was ruled to have stepped out of bounds at the Pittsburgh 37. The whistle wasn't heard on the field, but it was blown. On replay, there wasn't enough evidence to overturn a call that looked to be incorrect. Not long after Cohen's long run, Jordan Howard ended the game with a 19-yard touchdown run. What's evident after three weeks is that Cohen is better when Howard is better. The two Bears' running backs both were impactful in the close Week 1 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. In Week 2 against Tampa Bay, Howard struggled because of a shoulder injury and then Cohen became the focus and struggled as a result. Against the Steelers, Howard ran for 138 yards on 23 carries. Howard's success really took some of the pressure off Cohen and it was very noticeable. We now know that when Howard goes, so will Cohen.

2017 Week 2 vs TB (7 / 13 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 55 / 0 rec)

Tarik Cohen followed up his monster Week 1 effort with a pretty decent effort in the 29-7 Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the rookie only gained 13 yards on seven carries, his impact was felt most in the passing game where he caught eight of nine targets for 55 yards. He did lose a fumble, let's not forget to mention that as well. There's little doubt this kid can play, but he's going to get killed playing at the rate he's currently playing. What makes Cohen so dangerous is the element of surprise when he's on the field with Jordan Howard. Sadly, though, Howard has been brutal thus far through two weeks and looked to be somewhat injured. The Bears have been relying on Cohen to be the bell-cow back, and he's not that kind of player. He's not built to be that kind of player. Cohen will continue to be a great PPR asset, but keep in mind that he's only going to wear down the more touches he receives.

2017 Week 1 vs ATL (5 / 66 / 0 rush, 12 / 8 / 47 / 1 rec)

Welcome to the NFL, Mr. Cohen. Wow. Just wow. OK, sure, he didn't run for 200 yards or score something ridiculous like four touchdowns, but he most certainly was a whirling dervish every time he touched the ball. Cohen carried the ball five times for 66 yards and caught eight passes on 12 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown. Cohen's best play came on a run left that quickly broke down and turned into a run right. Cohen's quick decision to turn it back right was the only decision to make, one that resulted in the rookie beating every Falcon defender to the edge. Cohen ended up with a 46 yard gain on the plan. Cohen was everywhere in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Falcons. He saw crucial snaps late in the game as the game was getting tighter, a clear sign that he's earned the trust of this coaching staff. Given the lack of offensive talent elsewhere on the roster, there's no doubt that Cohen will be leaned upon for output, heavy output, for that matter. If Cohen still is available in your league, especially a PPR league, it would make sense to throw a hefty amount of change in order to secure him this season.


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